Journalist Grant Wahl dies in Qatar World Cup

A uncommon tragedy for soccer journalist Grant Wahl to kick the bucket in the course of the Qatar World Cup.

Very uncommon, I have to say. American Grant Wahl died after collapsing whereas overlaying the World Cup, sparking an outpouring of shock and grief throughout the sports activities world. He was 49. He reportedly “collapsed” whereas overlaying Friday’s Argentina-Netherlands match.

Qatar’s World Cup organisers stated Wahl “fell sick” within the press space, the place he acquired “instant medical remedy on web site.” He was transferred to Hamad Basic Hospital, stated a spokesperson for the Supreme Courtroom Committee for Supply and Legacy, the physique liable for planning the match.


He was handled within the stadium “for about 20-25 minutes” earlier than he was moved to the hospital, Keir Radnedge, a columnist at World Soccer Journal, stated.

“This was in direction of the top of additional time within the match. Immediately, colleagues as much as my left began shouting for medical help. Clearly, somebody had collapsed. As a result of the chairs are freestanding, folks had been in a position to transfer the chairs, so it’s doable to create slightly little bit of house round him,” Radnedge stated.

He added that the medical group had been there “fairly rapidly and had been in a position to, as finest they might, give remedy.”


The circumstances round his dying aren’t instantly clear. Wahl had been reportedly tweeting in the course of the match, which was a part of the eighth World Cup he had lined.    

“Your complete U.S. soccer household is heartbroken to be taught that we’ve misplaced Grant Wahl,” the USA Soccer Federation stated in an announcement. “Followers of soccer and journalism of the best high quality knew we may at all times rely on Grant to ship insightful and entertaining tales about our sport, and its main protagonists.”

A prolific journalist, Wahl wrote for a number of shops and was a CBS Sports activities contributor. He was an analyst on CBS Sports activities HQ all through the Qatar World Cup and wrote visitor columns centered on the USA males’s nationwide group for CBS Sports activities. He was additionally an editorial guide for soccer documentaries on Paramount.

Wahl was married to Dr Céline Gounder, a CBS Information medical contributor. Gounder tweeted that she was “in full shock” and thanked Wahl’s “soccer household” and their associates for his or her assist because the information was reported.

Main League Soccer commissioner Don Garber stated:  “We’re shocked, saddened and heartbroken over the tragic passing of Grant Wahl. He was a form and caring individual whose ardour for soccer and dedication to journalism had been immeasurable.”

Suresh Nair is an award-winning sports activities journalist who can also be a certified worldwide coach and worldwide referee teacher

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